Chai Spiced Chunky Applesauce that is full of flavor and only takes five minutes to make using a pressure cooker. Use this basic recipe to customize the flavor and texture to your preference.
I love chai spices and use them often to make this Spiced Cream Chai Tea Latte. I decided to use those same yummy flavors in our favorite Instant Pot Applesauce recipe. This recipe is delicious in its own right but you can’t go wrong stirring some into yogurt or serving alongside a fall cheese plate.
Chai Spiced Chunky Applesauce
To make a simple chai spice blend you will need:
I’ve seen some recipes that also include coriander and turmeric but I opted to leave those out of mine. We like to add brown sugar to our applesauce but you could certainly omit the sugar or use maple syrup or honey as a sweetener instead.
You will want to make sure that you have an Instant Pot sealing ring for sweet and one for savory. Trust me!! You do not want your chai applesauce to taste like Bone Broth or Chicken Tortilla Soup! This is the one that I bought – it comes in a two pack; we use the blue for sweet and red for savory.
The beauty of making this chunky applesauce in the pressure cooker is that you don’t need to peel the apples and you can mash it right in the pot with a spoon. I cut the apples into 1/8 sections so they stay uniform in size and all cook evenly. If you prefer a smoother applesauce use an immersion blender.
- Pressure Cooker
- 2 1/2 pounds Honeycrisp apples
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup water
- Chop the apples into 1/8 sections and remove the seeds.
- Add all of the ingredients to the pressure cooker and mix well.
- Close the lid to the pressure cooker. Cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. Allow to natural release.
- Use a wooden spoon to mash the mixture for a chunky texture or use an immersion blender for a smoother texture.